Saturday, December 11, 2010



Former Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen (L) jokes around with Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant during the first quarter at the United Center in Chicago on December 10, 2010. UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom

(Pippen & Kobe trading Jackson or war stories?)

In what Phil Jackson dubbed as "definitely" the last time he'll coach at the United Centre the student defeated it's master. Legendary former Bulls and soon to be former Lake Show coach Jackson took his Lakers to Chicago not expecting a fuss and expecting a win. He didn't get much of either however. Kobe looked as good as MJ as usual with a Jordanesque 23 points, showing the windy city that the greatest evers inspiration still blows through these rafters. It was Derrick Rose (Chicago's first real bit of hope since Mike) that received the "MVP, MVP" chants however as his 29 points and 9 assists stampeded Chicago to a tightly fought 88-84 win over L.A. The Lakers late huddle and rally where not good enough for Chi-town's eight from downtown spearheaded by three, three's from Rose and hit man Kyle Korver each. Even another clutch 3 from Derek Fisher with 48 seconds to go in this 48 minute game wasn't enough (the Fish couldn't save L.A. for a second consecutive game). The Bulls snapped the twine and an eight game winning streak. Chicago's 26-13 bench point advantage on L.A. ensured that the Lakers stayed sat down. The Lakers 84 points where their lowest this year and another low point was this was the first time the Lakers have lost to Chicago in four years. Coincidentally on Jackson's last game where his Lakers against Bulls record now is charged at 17 and 1. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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